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Shootmania Mania

January 6, 2013

A lot has changed in the FPS scene in the last ten or more years. Where arena shooters like Quake and Unreal Tournament reigned supreme in the competitive scene, were slowly nudged aside by the tactical/arcade shooter like Call of Duty, Rainbow Six, Counterstrike, Gears of War and the rise of Major League Gaming (MLG). It’s argued that early Halo was a combination of arena/arcade style shooter but it’s latest incarnations have fans leaning more in the direction of tactical/arcade with its load-out system similarities to Call of Duty – regardless, Halo is still iconic in the competitive scene. The current competitive scene has a lot of people asking “Is the Arena shooter dead?” and the answer is no.

For those of you that aren’t aware, I’m currently sort-of-really-absolutely obsessed with Shootmania right now. Shootmania is an arena style “twitch” shooter. A lot of players are drawing comparisons between Quake and Unreal in regards to style and game play, and for this reason it’s giving many players a lot of comfy nostalgic feels. Shootmania is still in beta, and recently launched beta 2 adding many more options within the game allowing for more defense tactics and movement options. Shootmania is made by Nadeo, the same people who made the acclaimed Trackmania. Trackmania got Nadeo a lot of attention with its basic but by no means simple game play. Both Trackmania and Shootmania offer easy to understand map building capabilities, and Shootmania has many customization options – whether you want to customize your player skin, cross-hair or design your own map. Shootmania boasts an impressive amount of play modes, too. The competitive mode is “Elite” which is a 3v3 mode where the attacker must either eliminate all 3 defenders or capture the pole before the time runes out. There are many other modes, including several free-for-all modes, training modes and time-attack modes.

Me and some friends, casters and pro players at IPL5.

Myself, some friends, casters and pro players at IPL5 for Shootmania!

Something I like a lot about Shootmania is the the simplicity of it. There are not a ton of weapons or power-ups to worry about; your main focus is understanding your movement, learning your maps and formulating a strategy that works for you and your team. The game is still extremely challenging, and you’re constantly faced with players with different play styles than you which keeps you on your toes. Another interesting aspect of Shootmania to me is how the terrain affects your game. Your base weapon as a defender is a sort of arm cannon with a 4 rocket burst, but if you stand on a rail-pad you can “snipe” using an instagib laser that is a one hit kill. If you find yourself underground or in a tunnel, you now can shoot what is called a “nucleus” which is essentially a grenade that explode on impact, or after a certain amount of seconds. Using the terrain properly for cover and weapon usage can certainly amplify your game. The simplicity but constantly learning curve is definitely appealing to many players, and keeps the game fun and engrossing no matter what mode you’re playing in. Just watch over for those laser hits – getting picked off early on is the worst!

Pixxel of the Frag Dolls with some Shootmania community news.

I love every aspect of this game and definitely plan to practice way more this year! I had the pleasure of working Shootmania for IPL5 and introducing new players to the game. I was really elated to see just how many people saw the game and wandered in to check it out. It was really great to get a tournament going and sit down with them and talk to them over the mic about how to play, instruct them on strategies and shit talk them when they failed miserably. It was fantastic. It was great to come home, log into Shootmania and see so many new players that were recruited from IPL5. Shootmania is already pretty hot on the competitive circuit, with a lot of amazing North American and European teams. At IPL5, European team “Colwn” took the win. I watched the European qualifiers, and they were my pick to win! I am excited about how well they did against a lot of the impressive NA teams, too. The matches were intense and it was fantastic seeing Nadeo, players, fans and new-comers cheering everyone on. These moments were a true testament to what Shootmania has in store for the competitive circuit. A great community and a game that is unreasonably fun to watch – there is so much ahead for Shootmania and I can’t wait to cheer-lead every step of the way.

Valkyrie of the Frag Dolls interviewing Colwn after they took first place at IPL5

Valkyrie of the Frag Dolls interviewing Colwn after they took first in Shootmania.

Shootmania will be released January 23rd and I strongly encourage you to pre-order now. Here are some helpful Shootmania related links:

Shootmania Reddit

Official Site

Frag Dolls

IPL Shootmania Twitch

Shootmania Twitter

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Extra-Life: Play Games, Heal Kids ( Now with more FragDolls! )

September 18, 2012

For those of you that are unaware, I am a Frag Doll finalist. I am one of 9 girls in the running to be the next Frag Doll, and for me that means making my gaming career dreams come true. Beyond career dreams, I will be attaining personal and moral goals of reaching out to people in the gaming community, competing again and working with a group of girls to help build excitement in the industry by organizing events.

One such event is the Extra Life charity they are partaking in. I personally love this charity, and have donated and participated in streams to raise money for a couple of years now. If you’re not familiar with Extra Life the idea is simple – play games, heal kids. You can donate at any time, but most participators organize events in which they stream gaming and work to earn your donations. A lot of these streams go for 12 to 24 hours. All proceeds go to the children’s hospital of the streamers choosing. The Frag Dolls are running several events to raise money to reach their goal amount which they will donate to Oakland Childrens Hospital.

Check out the Frag Dolls YouTube channel and their website for more videos of the girls and more information on their Extra Life shenanigans! This year, whether I make it as a Frag Doll or not I will be supporting Extra Life through the Dolls’ – so please join me for all their streams, and donate! Even if its just a couple bucks, it makes a difference. The beautiful thing about gaming is our community. We are a huge community and we can and do make a huge difference. Think, if you just put off getting that DLC for one more week and donate that money you will quite literally be changing a child’s life for the better. It feels good – I promise! The Dolls reward charitable behavior by offering rewards and give-aways. If you support me and the Dolls, I will be doing my own 12 or 24 hour stream! I know a lot of you have been asking for me to do a 12 hour stream, and if you tweet the Frag Dolls and let them know you’re supporting them through me, I’ll do a personal stream. I have a huge library of games across all sorts of consoles, and would love to play with anyone joining the stream. All money I raise will also go towards the Dolls efforts to helps kids at Oakland Children’s Hospital. Help me help them help kids! Say that three times fast, phew!

Follow the Frag Dolls!

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Lets all harness our inner Dr. Mario and help kids.

By playing video games.

I won’t take no for an answer!

Seriously.

Queen of the Universe.

June 27, 2011

If I was Queen of the Universe, I would make it so that all traffic lights were Space Invader themed. So – you all just wait. I put my application in for Queen of the Universe the other day, im just waiting to hear back. Sooo, until then, I’m just making a list of all the things im planning to do.

I had a few people send me questions on Formspring about how they would like me to post more about my life and myself on some of my posts here, so even though im boring I will try to keep you all up to date. Recently I got a job at a pretty neat concert venue, and Im excited to start this week. Other than ending my job search, I’ve been spending time with my friends and trying to fill myself up with love and dancing a lot. I’ve been working on several photoshoot projects with a really talented South Florida photographer named Emilee Rose. We are currently shooting for some flyers, magazines and a website, and next we are shooting for a makeup company.  She is still editing a lot of the photos, but here is one of the finished ones for now.

Clark, the spider, was too scared to get his feet wet.

 This photo was taken at night in a really creepy canal near the entrance to a sewer tunnel. It was thundering and we had a lot of interesting wild-life visitors for the few hours that we shot. I absolutely adore the results and got a sweet arm workout from holding that heavy ass lantern. I am excited to post more images as Emilee edits and sends them to me. Please go like her facebook page, and if you are in Florida, get at her for shoots!

So, other than all that, i’ve just been trying to get more into World of Warcraft until the new Star Wars MMO comes out. Then that will basically take over my life, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Here is a little preview of some in-game play!

The Game Girl World Comes 360.

May 9, 2011

While I was at work the other night, A group of girls came in wearing shirts that said “Game Goddesses” on it. I was instantly intrigued, hoping it had something to do with  video gaming, and not like, poker or shuffleboard or something. I decided to make their drinks first before asking them about their shirts – but while they were deciding on their drinks one of the girls told me I looked familiar. After a few seconds of squinty-eyed looks it turns out they follow me on twitter and one of the girls follows my blog! WHAT A SMALL WORLD. I was elated, I then realized after exchanging twitter names that I do know and follow them, and it turns out they run the  gaming site SFX-360! They also do a really adorable girl-gamer podcast, which you can find on the site! I really suggest checking it all out. I know I personally check the site out pretty often.

After a lot of talking and laughing we decided we should definitely collaborate and do some stuff together. So, im really excited. It’s hard to meet like-minded girls that know their shit! They even gave me an amazing shirt. I basically love them. I am beyond thrilled they stopped into my coffee shop. It was meant to be.

These B3WBS pwn noobs

Follow these ladies on twitter! They post gaming stuff constantly and know their shit! You can also contact one of them if you are interested in a shirt.

SFXMissJess

SFX_LadyJ

QueenofheartsX

Krysti Pryde: Adventure Time

April 3, 2011

My dear friend San drew me as a character of one of my favorite shows, Adventure Time! It’s a dream come true – and i’d have to say its pretty accurate, even down to my red cowboy boots! San is an amazing friend and an amazing Illustrator, please go visit her site and marvel in how she is both so beautiful and talented!

www.san-smith.com!

 

Flyin’ around, it’s casual.

 

 

 

 

My life is complete.

Fighting Evil By Moonlight, Gettin’ Tattooed By Daylight.

February 8, 2011

I am all for nerd tattoos, and my friend Sarah has one of my favorite. She has a sailor moon thigh piece that shows her total dedication. We also have matching Crescent Moon wands! I dont come across interesting, well-done or unique Sailor Moon tattoos very often, but I wish I did. Check out her thigh piece, in all its majesty:

 

Asking Sarah to take a picture of her tattoo was just an excuse to get her to take her pants off.

Here is a picture of our twin Crescent Moon Wands:

You can lurk Sarah hard at her Tumblr.

Oozed.

December 29, 2010

You all should check out my friend Aldos blog, Oozed. He posts really interesting people and he clearly has good taste because he posted an interview with me. He’s got a beautiful and rad wife, rad kids, and a rad toy collection. Good people in my book, even if I get teased for being a “rap-metal fixed gear faggot”.

 

Tattoo Snob

October 18, 2010

A few days ago I went to check one of my favorite blogs, Tattoo Snob, and saw that they featured some of my tattoos on there! This meant a lot to me since I pride myself in only having good tattoos, and being thoughtful in what I get, and getting it done well. They are so picky with what they post on their aptly named blog; which is whyI am both in love with their site, and flattered to have been a part of it. Go check out Tattoo Snob!

Moon Prism Power!

October 16, 2010

Today one of my besties, Sarah, and I got (another) matching tattoo. We grew up loving Sailor Moon, and even as adults talk about it all the time. Im not ashamed, shit. This wont be my last Sailor Moon tattoo either, as I plan on having another tattooer friend and Sailor Moon enthusiast tattoo something else related on me sometime soon. We got Sailor Moon’s Crescent Moon Wand, but we had Steve draw it up like an old traditional tattoo! Too cute.

This is a picture of Sarah and I from about a year ago! Its crazy how my hair has doubled in length, and my amount of tattoos has doubled as well…haha!

In my opinion, only thing better than a nerd tattoo, is a twin tattoo.

 

My Heart Just Leveled Up!

July 17, 2010

I was checking out my good friend Clays blog – and saw this!

Krysti Pryde (.com) Awesome personal friend of mine who has as many nerdgasms as I do on a daily basis. She must be a magic feather because she makes your heart grow a tail and fly away.

What! Thanks so much dude! We are over due for some gaming, get in touch!

Clay and his actual best-friend.

Clay and his actual best-friend.